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How a proud corporate history can lead to poor governance
The failures of the Coop provide insights into common management problems in not for profit institutions - including Oxford University.
Banks too often get the blame when management is at fault
Failed business people who blame the banks rather than themselves identify themselves as people whose future ventures should not be supported.
Oxford needs to look outwards for help
Among European universities, Oxford has the best of reputation. Yet, as the gap between the best European insitutions for higher education widens in relation to top American universities, it is worth asking whether Oxford is, under the current system of management, capable of reform.
Desperate dons must take risks for bigger rewards
Tony Blair has shown decisive leadership qualities in putting forward necessary but unpopular proposals to restore universities' freedom to set fees. It needs to be matched by similar qualities of leadership in the universities themselves.
Merger lectures are best ignored
The biggest universities in the world are clearly not the best. So why do some British universities think that mergers will make them world class?
Business can be a Nobel pursuit
The gap between American universities and the rest of the world is widening. The week in which the Nobel Prizes are awarded is an opportune time to ask why.
Reflections on the New Economy
John recalls his thinking during the extraordinary years of the 'new economy'.
John Kay became a Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford in 1970 and taught in the university for ten years. After periods...
On John Kay’s Bookshelf – Archive page
Books that John has reviewed in the past...
Oxford University: Facing the Future (Prospect reply)
John Kay responds to some of the criticisms that resulted from his recent article in Prospect Magazine.
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